Playing board games at the kitchen table is one of the best ways to spend a rainy afternoon or chilly Spring day. Order a pizza, pop some popcorn or serve hot chocolate while you spin the wheel, roll the die, or take over the world.
In an effort to help you connect with those you love around the kitchen table, here are some of the best board games you can play together that are sure to help you make lots of memories. For your convenience, we’ve divided this list into board games to play at the kitchen table for older
kids and adults, and a separate list for kids.
Top 10 Board Games to Play at the Kitchen Table for Older Kids and Adults
Monopoly – This is a classic, of course. No other game tests your abilities to manage your money and properties than Monopoly. Up to 6 people can play at a time, so this is perfect for larger groups. Who will end up on top? And who will go bankrupt?
Risk – If you enjoy strategy and diplomacy while trying to capture your enemies’ territories, then you’ll love the game of Risk. Two to 6 players engage in warfare tactics, compromise, and alliances as they try to take over the world. A larger kitchen table is helpful for this game as there are many pieces to move around! Beware: this game can be quite lengthy—even lasting several days!
Dungeons & Dragons – This is a game of role-playing and fantasy as players create their own characters, stories, and battles. Players use their imaginations as they write their own story of heroes and villains, design different worlds, and determine their own adventure. It’s ideal for 4-6
players, but with a large kitchen table, you can even have 7 players.
Clue – If you’re into whodunit, then you’ll love Clue. By using the process of elimination,players try to figure out who killed the owner of the mansion, where it happened, and what the weapon was. Who will be the first to solve this murder mystery?
Trivial Pursuit – This game has been around since 1979, but it’s still a great game to test your knowledge in 6 categories: Geography, Entertainment, History, Arts & Literature, Science & Nature, and Sports & Leisure. (These are the categories in the original version.) Players team up or play individually to see who’s the most knowledgeable as they move tokens around a board.
The Game of Life – Two to 6 players spin a wheel and move tokens around a board as they “live their life.” They get jobs and earn money, get married, have children, pay bills, and encounter challenging circumstances along the way. Who will end a millionaire at the game’s conclusion?
Chess or Checkers – These games have been around for a very long time and involve only 2 players at a time. It’s played on a checkered board with black and red checkers or chess tokens. Players jump over other game pieces and eliminate them one by one to see who finally wins.
Scrabble – This is a traditional game of words and spelling. Two to 4 players can participate as they build words on a board with squares and receive points depending on the length of the word, the letters used, and which squares they build on.
Yahtzee – Using 5 die and a cup, players try to roll different combinations of die for points. The best is a Yahtzee roll in which the player rolls 5 of the same number in one turn. The game has several rounds; the winner has the most points at the end.
Sequence – Players place poker chips on the board spaces which correspond to cards which are played. The goals is to form rows of five poker chips. You can have 2-12 players at a time, so this is great for larger groups at a large kitchen table.
Top 10 Board Games to Play at the Kitchen Table for Kids
Candyland – This is a sweet game for 2-4 players who move their tokens along Candylane by drawing cards with colored squares. This is perfect for kids to practice their colors!
Connect 4 – Only 2 players at a time can play this game which involves dropping discs into slots; the first person to get 4 discs in a row wins! Perfect for a small kitchen table!
Scrabble – This isn’t just a game for adults; kids can practice their spelling with 1-3 more players. Obviously, kids who are school-aged would enjoy this game more than preschoolers.
Sorry –This game is for 2-4 players; the winner is the first one to get all 4 tokens around the board (by drawing cards and counting space) and back into their home base. Kids love saying “sorry” when they land on an opponent and send the other player back home.
Zingo – This is a great game for younger kids since they don’t need to be able to read. There are up to 8 players at a time, and each player receives a game board with 9 photos. Players see 2 tiles at a time from the dispenser and have to say the name of the photo aloud that matches a photo on
their card. They place the tile on their card; the first person to cover all 9 photos on their card with tiles wins.
Monopoly Junior – Similar to traditional Monopoly, this game simplifies things for kids. They start with less money, have cuter tokens, and have a smaller, less complicated game board.
Trouble – Players roll a die in a popper in the middle of the game board to move their 4 tokens around and back home. If you land on an opponent, you can send them back home so they have to start all over again. The first one to get all 4 tokens home wins.
Chutes and Ladders – This is another great game for preschoolers to help them with counting. They spin a spinner that lands on a number from 1-6; they move that many squares and either stay on the square, climb up a ladder, or go down a slide. The first one to reach the end wins.
Checkers – For school-aged kids, this is a great game to teach strategy. Two players use black or red checkers to move or jump across the board to capture their opponent’s pieces.
Hi Ho! Cherry-O – Preschoolers love spinning the wheel and taking cherries off their tree and putting them in their bucket. This is a great way to practice counting.